Pain Patches To Relieve Back Pain

One of the more popular pain management treatment methods in recent years has been the use of pain patches to relieve back pain.

Here’s an excerpt from a study that looked at the effectiveness of pain patches to relieve non-cancer pain.

Efficacy of Transdermal Pain Patch

This small study set out to evaluate efficacy in the specific use of transdermal buprenorphine patches for the treatment of chronic non-oncological pain.

15 patients were involved in the study, 9 men and 6 women, all suffering with severe pain (visual analogue scale (VAS) cm 9.2) that was either neuropathic (13) or from spondylolisthesis (2). They had all previously been treated unsuccessfully with medications including: COX2 inhibitors, NSAIDs, anticonvulsants and both weak and strong opioids.

Dose was titrated upwards beginning with a preliminary treatment of methoclopramide 30 mg/die/os for one week. The buprenorphine transdermal patches (TDS) regimen was then started with a quarter of 37.5 mcg/h buprenorphine TDS patch, increasing by another quarter every 3 days until effective dose was achieved. Patients continued on the trial for a total of 24 weeks, returning for a check-up every week for the first four weeks and then every month until completion of the trial. Over the nine check-ups, investigators checked VAS pain scores, number of rescue doses used, any side effects and adjuvants used.

By the end of the first month, when buprenorphine had been titrated to at least one full patch, VAScm scores dropped from a mean of 9.5 to just 2, which was sustained until the end of the trial. Rescue doses of 0.2mg buprenorphine tablets started with a mean of 4.2 a week but completely stopped by the fourth week. Similarly, side-effects were minimal in the last five months of the trial and adjuvant use occurred just once a month after completion of titration.

These results demonstrate the efficacy of buprenorphine TDS patches, not only in terms of pain relief but also in its favourable side effect profile. Similarly the progressive titration is a useful example of effectively minimising complications and side-effects and undoubtedly contributed to the 100% patient compliance with the study protocol.

Source: Medical News Today

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  1. Steve says

    I have been Codine tolerant for some time now ,
    My Dr and I discussed pain patches as an option due to my inability to gain much relief with oral medications !
    I first tried Fentanyl and yes it works but the side effects out weighed the pain , I suffered severe breathing restraint not sure how to word it my breathing was labored and dreams ,restless legs , racing heart etc etc so I stopped after trying it for about 3 months as I said pain relief was good taking very little orally
    I came off Fentanyl OMFG I honestly thought I was going to die ?

    So Dr and I decided to try Norsapan a similar transdermal patch that’s not able to reach the same dose strengths as fentanyl but still up there with Morphine etc ,
    (I’m in Australia so generic names may differ from yours I’m not sure)
    So now I’m on Norsapan but I’m finding that I still need panadine forte tablets to help achieve pain relief ?

    I’m starting to see at age 44 and now placed on an Aussie disability pension that I will not return to work due to my pain tolerance or the lack of one.

    I’m looking into a total disc replacement surgery at C-3 C-4 & C-5 I also have a break at C-7

    11 years ago I had total disc replacement surgery at L-5 S-1 and was able to return to work but this broken Neck things a whole new kettle of fish it’s much much worse .
    In fact I have sought phycological help for severe depression

    So yeah sorry for rambling on its 1:00 am in Australia now and pains keeping me awake….


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